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Monday, August 31, 2009

Shepard in game plan; Lee is not

BATON ROUGE - Can't wait to see all the varied personnel groupings that LSU coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton will throw at Washington Saturday night on ESPN.

Kickoff is not until 9:36 p.m. central time, so have the Seattle's Best brewing so you don't miss anything.

There could be a lot of substituting, particulary as the score gets out of hand in LSU's favor, which will happen. Washington was 0-12 last season. Look for multiple personnel groupings to feature quarterback/tailback/receiver Russell Shepard in various roles.

"We'll play him at quarterback," LSU coach Les Miles said at his first weekly press luncheon on Monday. "We'll play him at wide receiver, possibly at running back. What he does with his feet certainly make him special, has great ball skills, can catch it. And he can throw it. We're going to give him a limited menu in the throws, but he'll have the opportunity to do those things. I'm not certain exactly what situations he's in. We haven't scripted the game plan just yet. But I can tell you that we look forward to getting him some snaps."

Quarterback Jarrett Lee, meanwhile, will not be in any planned script unless starter Jordan Jefferson gets hurt.

"There's not any plan right now to play a quarterback other than Jordan Jefferson except for only specific situations with regard to call and play," Miles said.

Translation: Jefferson will start and play most of the game, depending on how lopsided the score becomes. Shepard will play quarterback but only in spot duty.

Lee is still considered the No. 2 quarterback, though, because if Jefferson cannot play, Lee would take over with Shepard continuing in his situational role as he grows into the position.

Who will Washington's defense focus on when Shepard and Trindon Holliday are in the game at the same time?

There was some depth chart news from the luncheon. Senior Charles Alexander was listed ahead of junior Drake Nevis at one defensive tackle with Al Woods at the other defensive tackle.

Coming out of spring practice, Nevis and Woods were the starters. Alexander has lost weight and had a great camp. True freshman Josh Downs of Bastrop is the No. 2 defensive tackle behind Woods.

Junior Richard Dugas, a 6-foot-1, 270-pound former offensive lineman, is the No. 1 fullback ahead of redshirt freshman James Stampley, who exited spring as the starter. Dugas is the son of Robert Dugas, an All-American offensive tackle at LSU in the late 1970s.

Sophomore T-Bob Hebert won the center job over redshirt freshman P.J. Lonergan. Senior Chris Hawkins is listed as the No. 1 cornerback over Jai Eugene with Patrick Peterson on the other side.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to see Shepard and Murphy in the Wild Tiger formation w/ Holliday in motion. Too much speed at one time for most defenses.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Jefferson is not in the game in the 4th quarter if LSU has a 3 TD lead. Wouldn't Miles feel stupid if Jefferson tweaked an ankle or something and the only experienced QB is then ... Lee. At least put Lee, or even Shepard, in to hand the ball to the RBs if LSU has a big lead.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

Yes, but Jefferson needs all the real-game experience he can get before the SEC schedule gets here. Remember - he has only started and completed two games so far.

2:53 PM  

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